In the 2023 NFL playoffs, the Buffalo Bills will face the Cincinnati Bengals in a divisional round game. The game will take place on January 22, 2023 at 3:00 PM at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. The home team is aware that the visitors have postseason experience.
A trip to the AFC Championship game is on the line. The Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins last week, which is all you can ask for in the NFL playoffs. It’s the same story this time. In the AFC Championship, Kansas City will face the winner of Buffalo and Cincinnati.
Half of the battle for Buffalo may be overcoming the emotions of this game. The Bills and Bengals faced off in Week 17, but the game was called off after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field. Regardless of Hamlin’s remarkable recovery, the fact that such a terrifying incident occurred against the Bengals is bound to hit different people differently. Emotions are bound to run high.
This game is also about the Bills dispelling some doubts about their ability to return to the AFC Championship game this season. Buffalo has been a Super Bowl contender since the start of the season, but injuries to the team and a turnover problem for Josh Allen have both hurt them. If Buffalo can put all of this behind them for three hours on Sunday, it will be a game to remember.
Josh Allen is the Bills player to watch. Sometimes it’s just that easy. Allen fumbled three times, lost one, and threw two interceptions in the Dolphins’ win. Of course, that doesn’t always translate to winning football, and the Bills are well aware that this must change if they are to reach the Super Bowl. The quarterback battle is the other half of this equation. Obviously, Josh Allen and Joe Burrow will not face off physically, but the competition level will be high between two of the NFL’s top signal callers. A big game (or a bad game) from Allen could answer a lot of questions about the No. 17’s up and down season.